Published: 14/09/2015
eISBN: 9781785894169
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About the author: Abby Beverley is currently working as an English Teacher in one of the largest Academies in Leicestershire. She had her first story published in a National competition when she was ... read more

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Dying to be Slim
The slim woman inside Clara is dying to get out, but will that unzip a few home truths?
by Abby Beverley

By the age of eighteen, Clara finds herself a single mother to two sets of twins. With her own mother absent from early childhood and the death of her father in her late teens, food becomes Clara’s crutch. Several decades on, Clara has a new partner and a fifth child. She oozes love and pride towards her flawless family, despite the fact that she is now thirty-four stone and housebound.

An unusual turn of events presents Clara with the ability to step out of her own body and, stumbling upon a problem within her 'perfect' family, Clara sets off in search of a solution. Far from finding answers, however, Clara encounters complications which question all she has ever believed to be true about her children, their partners and her man.

Thrust into the world outside her cosy home, Clara becomes confused to the point where she is barely able to distinguish truth from the perceived fantasy that is slowly becoming a reality…

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"Ever wondered how you’d feel if you were over thirty stone? Clara, despite her size, is optimistic about her family and her future. She never stops being optimistic – and she has every reason to do so. In the extended prologue, Clara tells a journalist about her journey to obesity, as well as her successful family, although some rarely visit her. We then meet Clara and begin to understand her daily health battles and the limitations put on her because of her bulk. This book reminds us that we should be careful what we wish for. It explores whether people really can ever change. It makes us ask whether we tend to build our families up so that they become perfect in our minds. This book is a beautifully written, highly descriptive read. Very enjoyable, very hard to put down and a perfect read to curl up with now that winter is around the corner." Alison L, Leics, England.

"Very clever!" Tisha S, Solihull, England.

"I have just finished it and it was about NZ$5. I really enjoyed it and loved all the twists and turns! Loved the ending.......you are so talented. Read it till about 2 in the morning!!" Andrea W, Tauranga, NZ

"Just been reading it and am truly hooked! So down to earth and I can really relate to it. It's brilliant!" Jackie B, Lincs, England

"I've just finished reading the prologue and am already hooked!" Vicki S, Masterton, NZ

"Loved it couldn't put it down!" Natalie H, Sheffield, NZ

"Congratulations to my wife Abby on the release of her first book Dying to be Slim. Her lifelong ambition has come to fruition with the publication of this well written and entertaining story. Well done and looking forward to next one. Possibly science fiction this time..." Gee B, Leics, England

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Sounds an interesting story and a good read. Looking forward to getting it.

by Patricia Singal


"Ever wondered how you’d feel if you were over thirty stone? Clara, despite her size, is optimistic about her family and her future. She never stops being optimistic – and she has every reason to do so. In the extended prologue, Clara tells a journalist about her journey to obesity, as well as her successful family, although some rarely visit her. We then meet Clara and begin to understand her daily health battles and the limitations put on her because of her bulk. This book reminds us that we should be careful what we wish for. It explores whether people really can ever change. It makes us ask whether we tend to build our families up so that they become perfect in our minds. This book is a beautifully written, highly descriptive read. Very enjoyable, very hard to put down and a perfect read to curl up with now that winter is around the corner." Alison L, Leics, England.

"Very clever!" Tisha S, Solihull, England.

"I have just finished it and it was about NZ$5. I really enjoyed it and loved all the twists and turns! Loved the ending.......you are so talented. Read it till about 2 in the morning!!" Andrea W, Tauranga, NZ

"Just been reading it and am truly hooked! So down to earth and I can really relate to it. It's brilliant!" Jackie B, Lincs, England

"I've just finished reading the prologue and am already hooked!" Vicki S, Masterton, NZ

"Loved it couldn't put it down!" Natalie H, Sheffield, NZ

"Congratulations to my wife Abby on the release of her first book Dying to be Slim. Her lifelong ambition has come to fruition with the publication of this well written and entertaining story. Well done and looking forward to next one. Possibly science fiction this time..." Gee B, Leics, England

by Abby Beverley


I was intrigued by the premise of this novel and couldn’t resist the chance to read it. It’s about Clara who, having been a single mum to four children for many years, turned to food for comfort. Many years later she is married to a lovely man, Jakey, who is a wonderful baker and just wants to make Clara happy by giving her everything she wants, including all the cake she desires. Clara ends up weighing 34 stone and being housebound.

Jakey and Clara have a teenage daughter together, along with Clara’s four grown up children from her previous relationship and although she doesn’t get to see them as often as she’d like she is very proud of the successful lives they have led her to believe they are living. Then one day a strange turn of events gives Clara the opportunity to step outside her body and become Starla, the thin person who has been living inside of her all these years. This leads to her discovering that all is not as she has been told. There are many shocks and surprises in store for her!

I really enjoyed this novel, it was hard to put down once I start reading. I really liked Clara and how her weight issues were handled very sensitively; it felt like quite an insight into what it’s like to be morbidly obese. I enjoyed Starla’s exploits even more though! It was such fun finding out what every member of her family was really like, how their lives were really lived and seeing how Starla/Clara reacted to, and dealt with, it all.

The ending of the novel was a surprise to me, all the way through I’d been expecting something different to happen. The epilogue tied things up so well and was the perfect ending to the novel.

I recommend this book if you’re looking for a warm, fun and heartfelt read about what it’s like to escape your own body and to see the side of people’s lives that you would never normally get to see.

I rated this book 8 out of 10.

by RatherTooFondOfBooks


This is a delightful read with a surprisingly unexpected little twist at the end. The characters are very cleverly created and interwoven into the storyline perfectly. 'Dying to be Slim' is one of those books that create an intriguing visual picture as your read. It was easy to be transported into Clara's house from such clever descriptions of her contained life therein. A novel well recommended for its charmingly magical turn of events.

by Amazon Reader


Great book! Really well-written and descriptive. Very sympathetic to all the characters. Explains well how people get into bad ways. Its strength is how non-judgemental it is and how realistically (especially for a fantasy) it describes working-class life. It looks to me like you have drawn on many of your own life experiences. Also, it manages to take on a range of political issues without being preachy. And the ending was an intriguing combination of happy and ominous. The way that the book is narrated in a "voice" which is warm and chatty, with just the right balance of funny and serious, makes it a really enjoyable read.

by J Booth


I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The story is like a dream to escape for some who feel tied and the possibility of breaking through is like a freedom. Well written and a beautiful story. Thank you.

by Patricia Singal


 

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